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Geoff B

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Re: Keith Wilson Film & TV Production Designer
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012, 07:55:54 »
There are some excellent links at the bottom of this page that tell  the story of his work with AP films and the making of Space 1999

Geoff B

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Re: Keith Wilson Film & TV Production Designer
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2012, 22:12:38 »
 For those of you that liked Space 1999 here is interviews with Keith and some of his work . Also some stuff from Star Maidens click on the tabs at the top of the page shows drawings etc

Here is a cutting of Keith when he took his mum to the ABC Chatham to see his first film which was International Velvet.

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Re: Keith Wilson Film & TV Production Designer
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012, 10:14:33 »
Here is a picture of Keith Wilson. The cartoon alongside him is from Captain Scarlet. The cartoon is one of Keith's drawings. Keith had already worked on Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds and Joe 90 before this and was in charge of all the design of the puppet costumes and scenery design for this production.

Keith worked on the Old Curiosity Shop as his grandmother lived in the Brook area of Chatham next to the Dickens family house. Keith was fascinated with Dickens and when he left Gerry and Sylvia Andersons company he got involved with Dickens productions. In this drawing Keith has drawn all the cast of the film.

This is the Garden of Piri from Space 1999. Keith designed and later stated it was his  favourite scenery that he designed in the whole series.
 We all know about the film stars, but very rarely see the backroom people that make the film come to life. I had many pictures to choose from it was hard to come up with a few so not to bore you.

Do go onto You tube and type in Space 1999 there is pictures and clips of moonbase alpha which Keith designed. Also Star Maidens ,UFO and of course the other series if you want to jog your memory and live your younger day. :) 

Geoff B

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Keith Wilson Film & TV Production Designer
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 23:24:38 »
Keith Wilson lived in Castle Rd Chatham and Alamein Ave. He made  41 films and TV series. He died in July 2011. Keith attended Fort Luton Boys school in the 60s and Rochester Art College. He worked for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. His first work was on Fireball XL5 as an assistant artist. He then went on to be Production designer for Thunderbirds, Joe 90, and Captain Scarlet. He made UFO, Star Maidens and Space 1999 where he had most success. he designed Moonbase Alpha. He won an EMMY for a series of Stalin. Keith went onto make some religious films designing scenery etc. Films like Mary Mother of Jesus, The Ten Commandments. and many of the Dickens films like Great Expectations, Oliver and the Old Curosity Shop. He made a few Horror films also his last major one was the remake of the hills have eyes 2. he also done the artwork for Stephen Gately's book.  I remember his first proud moment when he took his mum to the Ritz cinema in Chatham to see his first film that he had done the scenery design for. It was National Velvet starring Nanette Newman. A  Full List of his work is here        

Keith was my 2nd Cousin and our family are all pround of his achievements. Keiths artwork was detailed and outstanding. He advised us that Gerry and Sylvia wrote the scripts he would draw the scenes and on a budget go out and build the scenery with a couple of others. he has worked with Christopher Lee, Joan Collins, Sir Peter Ustinov,Barbara Bain.  Keith was 70 when he died after a short illness. You Tube still has many clips of space 1999. I was hoping to upload a photo and some of his artwork for you but being new on here have not worked out how to do it yet as pushing the insert image does not link to anything.



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